Salvation Army has been receiving generous help from the community

first_imgHuskies – Fill a bus, was more successful than the year previousSafeway – Donated four tons of foodFSJ Senior Flyers – Teddy Bear Toss, received a couple hundred bearsCentury 21 – Toy Drive, saw the most toys this year and sponsored 21 hampers (Independently purchased the food, gift cards and toys. $165 value per hamper)ATCO Two Rivers Camp – Donated $2500 purchased food from the Wholesale ClubDoig First Nations – Donated $2500Giant Power Tong – Donated 100 TurkeysButcher Block – Donated 150 HamsC&V Trailer Rentals – Donated the use of a Trailer to pick up the donations“With every added donation we are able to help more people,” said Cameron Eggie, Executive Director for the Salvation Army. “Big efforts have been put forth by a lot of people to make this all happen.”The Red Kettle Campaign continues and spaces are still available to volunteer.If you are interested in Volunteering for the Red Kettle Campaign call the Volunteer Coordinator Tatiana (250) 261-1933Salvation Army FB Page CLICK HEREFor more information on the Red Kettle Campaign CLICK HERE FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Salvation Army has been building their 165 Christmas Hampers that they could not have done without the generous help of this Community.In the past month, several organizations and businesses have come together to help provide food and gifts to create a successful Christmas Hamper Campaign.Some of the community support has been received through;last_img read more

US targets agriculture online purchases in list of general NAFTA goals

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration has released its goals for a new North American Free Trade Agreement: it’s a list of broad themes, with some hints of irritants ahead.The U.S. says it wants better access for its exports of agriculture — including dairy products, wine and grain. It also wants freer trade in telecommunications, and online purchases; new rules on currency manipulation; and an overhaul of the dispute-settlement system.“President Trump continues to fulfill his promise to renegotiate NAFTA to get a much better deal for all Americans,” U.S. trade czar Robert Lighthizer said in a statement.“Too many Americans have been hurt by closed factories, exported jobs, and broken political promises. Under President Trump’s leadership, (our office) will negotiate a fair deal… President Trump is reclaiming American prosperity and making our country great again.”The demand on online purchases could pit Canadian consumers versus bricks-and-mortar retailers: the U.S. wants to increase, by 40 times, the amount Canadians can shop online without paying an import tax.Canada has one of the least permissive duty systems in the world and will be urged to increase its duty-free limit to $800 from the current $20, according to the document released Monday by the U.S. trade czar.The 16-page list contains some elements that might appear contradictory or confusing.It says the U.S. will demand more opportunities for American suppliers for government procurement abroad, but at the same time insist on preserving Buy American rules that limit opportunities to foreigners.It also calls for the elimination of the dispute-settlement system that has ruled in favour of Canada on softwood lumber. But it’s unclear how it would want to replace Chapter 19 — which was a make-or-break issue for Canada in original trade talks.Canadian negotiators walked away from the table over that dispute-settlement issue, and later, on the final evening of the negotiations, then-prime minister Brian Mulroney informed the U.S. there would be no deal unless it agreed to an international arbitration system.Monday’s release came as no surprise to the Canadian government.The Prime Minister’s Office was in touch with the White House — sources say it was given a heads-up in advance of the release. Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said she was prepared to start negotiating.“We welcome the opportunity to modernize NAFTA to reflect new realities — and to integrate progressive, free, and fair approaches to trade and investment,” she said in a statement.“When negotiations begin, we will be ready to work with our partners to modernize NAFTA, while defending Canada’s national interest and standing up for our values. Canada is the top customer of the United States. Canada buys more goods from the U.S. than China, Japan, and the United Kingdom combined.”NAFTA talks are expected to begin on or around Aug. 16.The Canadian government will not produce a similar public list. It’s not a requirement under Canadian law, as it is in the U.S.Now U.S. lawmakers will have a say. They must be consulted throughout the negotiating process, and will ultimately have to vote on any deal.Tuesday could provide an early test of the mood on Capitol Hill, when the House of Representatives holds a hearing on NAFTA. read more

American Center in Colombo closed as US shuts down again

“The American Center in Colombo is closed until further notice,” the Embassy said. The American Center in Colombo has been closed as the US Government shut down for the second time this year.The US Embassy in Colombo said that scheduled passport and visa services at the US Embassy will continue during the lapse in appropriations as the situation permits. The US Government officially shut down for the second time this year because Congress failed to meet a deadline to vote on a new budget. The American Center in Colombo closed last month as well as the US Government shut down but later resumed normal operations.Operations were back to normal last month after the US Government partial shutdown ended after Republicans and Democrats voted for a temporary funding bill. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Air travel to be made even safer under UNbacked roadmap of best

“Analysis of recent accidents in regions with poorer safety records show that nearly all were caused by previously well-understood factors with equally well-understood mitigating actions,” the Global Aviation Safety Roadmap says in its introduction.It seeks to establish one level of aviation safety worldwide by setting forth a whole series of “best practices” for meeting goals in 12 main focus areas, including implementation of international standards, regulatory oversight, incident and accident investigation, safety management systems and sufficient qualified personnel. For instance, it cites two reasons typically underlying inconsistent implementation of international standards – lack of capability and lack of will. The former can be addressed by international aid, while the latter may require enforcement such as preventing operators in non-conforming States from flying internationally or those in conforming States from operating in non-conforming States. “With air travel already being the safest form of transportation, the challenge to industry and regulatory agencies is to make an already safe system safer,” the Roadmap says.The initiative stems from a 2005 meeting between the UN International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Air Navigation Commission and industry representatives where it was acknowledged that further enhancements to aviation safety required better alignment of strategies and coordination of efforts by all concerned. Part 1 of the Roadmap covering the focus areas was delivered to ICAO in December 2005 and subsequently endorsed by a Conference of Directors General of Civil Aviation of ICAO Contracting States in March 2006. Part 2 covering implementation was presented to ICAO this week.The Roadmap was produced by the Industry Safety Strategy Group composed of the International Air Transport Association, Airbus, Boeing, Airports Council International, the Civil Air Navigation Services Organisation, the Flight Safety Foundation and the International Federation of Air Line Pilots Associations. read more

UN detained Fijian peacekeepers in Golan released in good condition

The world body had earlier announced today that the 45 Fijian peacekeepers were released and are in good condition. The peacekeepers, who serve with the UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF), were detained two weeks ago by armed elements of the opposition in the vicinity of Al Qunaytirah amid increased fighting in the area between Syrian Government forces and armed groups. The UN said in a note issued to the media that the Fijians were handed to UNDOF at 2:30 p.m. local time. All the 45 peacekeepers are in good condition and will undergo medical assessment.In a statement issued by his spokesperson in New York, Mr. Ban appreciated the efforts of all concerned to secure their safe release.“The Secretary-General emphasizes to all parties the impartiality of United Nations peacekeepers. UNDOF is on the ground to monitor the Disengagement of Forces Agreement between Israel and Syria,” said the statement, adding that the UN chief demands that all parties respect UNDOF’s mandate, freedom of movement and the safety and security of its personnel.Peacekeepers serving with UNDOF monitor the 1974 disengagement accord between Syria and Israel after their 1973 war. In June, the Security Council extended the mission’s mandate until 31 December 2014.As of 31 July 2014, there are 1,223 peacekeepers from six countries – Fiji, India, Ireland, Nepal, Netherlands, and the Philippines – serving in UNDOF. read more

Lawmaker Says School Mascot Scrappy the Owl Was Wrong

Five Kennesaw State University cheerleaders take a knee during the national anthem prior to a college football game against North Greenville, in Kennesaw, Ga. The group of cheerleaders from the college in Georgia say they’ll take a knee in the stadium tunnel when the national anthem is played at Saturday’s homecoming game since their university moved them off the field after an earlier demonstration. (Cory Hancock/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)KENNESAW, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia lawmaker says Scrappy the Owl, the mascot at the university where five cheerleaders have been kneeling during the national anthem, had no business leading students in a march through campus to support the cheerleaders.The five Kennesaw State University cheerleaders vow to kneel in the stadium tunnel when the anthem is played at Saturday’s homecoming football game. They were moved off-field after an earlier protest.Republican state Rep. Earl Ehrhart chairs the House subcommittee in charge of funding Georgia’s public universities.He tells The Marietta Daily Journal that Scrappy’s participation in Monday’s rally supporting the so-called Kennesaw Five was inappropriate.The lawmaker says that unless any group can solicit the owl’s services for protests, the taxpayer-funded mascot shouldn’t have been used.Video from WXIA-TV shows the mascot voicing his support. read more

The end of doctor knows best as medics are told to let

first_imgWe can no longer be the judge of what we tell patientsLeslie Hamilton, RCS Doctors should no longer tell  patients which medical treatments they need to have and must instead set out the options and let people decide for themselves, according to guidelines published today.In an attempt to avoid hospitals being sued, doctors are being told to stop treating patients with a “paternalistic” attitude and to let them make their own decisions about treatments.In a shift away from the “doctor knows best” culture, the Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) has released new guidelines which say that clinicians should take patients through every possible option – even if they believe some will have disadvantages.It comes after a Supreme Court judgment awarded a diabetic mother £5 million after her baby was born with disabilities because, she claimed, medics failed to advise her of the risks of natural birth over a caesarean. Surgeons Announcing new guidance, the RCS said that, as a result of the court ruling, doctors “can no longer be the judge of what we tell patients”.Patient safety groups welcomed the move as a “step towards modernity”. The changes, however, threaten a major organisational challenge for the NHS after doctors already adhering to the new procedures reported their consultation times had doubled.NHS practice has previously been to give doctors wide discretion in what information they provide to patients, with typical custom being only to mention risks that are particularly serious or which have a more than 1 per cent statistical likelihood of occurring.Leslie Hamilton, the RCS council member who drew up the new guidance, said the surgical profession needed a “culture change”.He said: “We can no longer be the judge of what we tell patients. We feel that the NHS and doctors in general haven’t really woken up to this yet, which is why we are bringing out this guidance now.” Previous rules meant consent could be taken by someone technically trained to conduct the procedure being discussed, although Mr Hamilton said in practice legal written approval was often taken amid a “flurry of activity” on the day of the operation.Since 2008, General Medical Council rules have stated that doctors should not make assumptions about the information a patient might need, but Mr Hamilton said many surgeons adhered to the traditional method.“The NHS is under huge pressure and seeing more patients than ever,” he said. “It’s not hard to see how in many hospitals gaining a patient’s consent has become a tick-box exercise.” The new guidance means a senior surgeon with experience of a range of procedures on offer must find the time to talk through the options in detail.Shafi Ahmed, a cancer specialist and RCS council member, said adopting the new approach had lengthened his typical consultation from 20 minutes to nearer 40.He added, however, that the rate of follow-up consultations had fallen significantly and trusts could adapt to the new rules if they were “smart”. Surgeons say the impact could be that they have less time to see patients Credit:Christopher Furlong /Getty NHS trusts in England paid out more than £1.4 billion during 2015-16, according to the NHS Litigation Authority.The RCS guidance states that written information on diagnosis and available treatments should be provided to patients, and they should be given enough time to make an informed decision, wherever possible, and when it is not adverse to their health.Surgeons must also keep a “written decision-making record that contains a contemporaneous documentation of the key points of the consent discussion”.“For the NHS generally, we’re going to have to change the way we do the clinics,” said Mr Hamilton.“It will be difficult for surgeons who have to think ‘I need more time or I need to see fewer patients’.”center_img Peter Walsh, chief executive of the patient safety charity Action Against Medical Accidents, said the consent process currently could be “very cursory”.“Patients are far too often having consent forms thrust in their face at the last minute,” he said.“Some doctors haven’t moved with the times and there is a culture issue that needs to be addressed. This is a welcome step in the right direction.” The announcement came as it was revealed that Britain has proportionately fewer than half the doctors of some other EU countries, according to a report which says hospitals are struggling to cope amid “dangerous levels of alienation” felt by staff.The General Medical Council said medics felt under growing pressure, with falling numbers amid an ageing workforce and rising numbers of part-time workers.The watchdog’s annual report expresses concern that “anger and frustration” among junior doctors, following a year of industrial action, could add to the problems of a service under severe strain. It added the signs of distress were now “unmistakable” and threatened patient care.Its report shows that Britain has fewer doctors per head of population than almost every other European country, with half the number of medics as Spain, and far fewer medics than Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. Britain now has 2.7 doctors per 1,000 people, compared with 4.1 in Portugal and Lithuania, 4.2 in Norway and 4.9 in Spain, the statistics disclose. It comes after a case in which a woman’s baby was born with disabilities after, she claimed, doctors failed to advise her of the risks of natural birth over a caesarean Some doctors haven’t moved with the times and there is a culture issue that needs to be addressed. This is a welcome step in the right directionPeter Walsh, Action Against Medical Accidents Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Pregnant woman last_img read more

Nurse spared jail after pocketing £25000 from NHS job she had left

Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Merthyr Tydfil Magistrates Court… Sarah Merry, 35, pocketed more than £25,000 as she continued to receive her monthly wages for a hospital job she was no longer doing. The mother of one failed to tell her former bosses about the payments – and spent the money on family trips abroad and watching football and rugby. A nurse who kept quiet about being paid double her wages by the NHS for nearly 18 months has escaped jail after admitting theft.  A court heard the blunders were only discovered when health chiefs carried out a review into salary payments. NHS Counter Fraud specialists then carried out an investigation – and diabetes specialist nurse Merry admitted receiving the money and spending it. read more

IntelliSense Lab for mining and metallurgy digitalisation in Kazakhstan

first_imgIntelliSense Lab was officially launched at the “annual Kazakhstan Industrialization Day address”, by President Nursultan Nazarbayev., an innovation partner for the global mining and natural resources industry, and Tech Garden, the leading Central Asian innovation cluster, have partnered to create IntelliSense Lab, a joint venture to deploy Industry 4.0 technologies to aid Digital Transformation in the Kazakh mining industry.The partnership provides Kazakhstan with a significant competitive edge, and is one of 18 projects in the region announced by the Kazakhstan Ministry of Investment and Development. Based in Almaty, IntelliSense Lab’s first major initiative is the launch of the SMOC (Smart Monitoring & Optimisation Center) for the mining industry. By utilising, the Real Time Decision Making Platform, IntelliSense Lab will work proactively with Kazakh mining companies to ensure their mine to market processes run efficiently against mining variability, and will introduce new approaches to optimise operations. The Lab will leverage’s success in the Chilean mining industry to deliver cross industry process and equipment performance benchmarks.The IntelliSense Lab also offers end to end solutions involving devices, networking and software application capabilities from a single platform. The Lab will strategically support the technology ecosystem development in Kazakhstan, by building new sensors using the ARM Mbed platform combined with’s applications platform targeting mining and other industry 4.0 sectors.Sam Bose, CEO of, commented “The IntelliSense Lab is an exciting development. It’s the first of its kind in Kazakhstan and Central Asia and I believe it will play a critical role in the digitisation efforts of the mining industry in the country and across the region.’s portfolio of Optimisation as a Service (OaaS) applications that are delivered through our real time decision making platform have been successfully deployed across mining operations in South America and we are excited to partner with Tech Garden and share our best practices and experience in the sector.”Autonomous cluster fund “Innovative Technologies Park” (Tech Garden) has the status of a nonprofit institution. The Chairman of the Management Committee is the Prime Minister Bakytzhan Abdirovich Sagintayev. The Fund consolidates existing potential and R&D infrastructure in Almaty and the Special Economic Zone (PIT), transfers 1% of total annual revenue from subsoil users to fund innovative projects, focuses on creating Technology Centres based on transnational corporations and attracting critical mass of is a Cambridge (UK) based provider of Optimisation as a Service (OaaS) applications for the Natural Resources Industries. The company’s applications are delivered from its Industrial Internet of Things (IoT) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) powered real-time decision-making platform (, through a No Capital Expenditure model. These applications have been deployed in the Mining industry across Latin America and Kazakhstan for base and precious metal mining operations.last_img read more

SEHA RK Vardar win first place in regular part of the season

6.Gorenje Velenje13409349 : 37512 3.Celje Piv. Laško161006493 : 48330 8.Metalurg143110354 : 37410 9.Tatran Prešov143110362 : 42210 ← Previous Story VIDEO: TOP 10 goals of France 2017! Next Story → Veszprem’s sport director, Eklemovic: Vranjes is Mourinho of handball! 5.Meshkov Brest15825447 : 41226 RK Vardar Skopje won the first place at the regular part of the season in SEHA GAZPROM League by beating RK Gorenje 31:28 (13:13) after great battle in Velenje! The Macedonian champions will have a chance to fight for their third title in regional competition at SEHA Final 4 and to get, on the paper, easier rival on the score in direct encounters after 17 matches.Home team, on the wings of fantastic goalkeeper Klemen Ferlin (16 saves) gave strong resistance to clear favorites from Skopje until the last minute of the match. Decisive was 4:0 series of Macedonians in the last four minutes, which finally stopped Slovenian team led by Borut Plaskan, who showed a great fighting spirit in match which didn’t mean a lot in terms of placement as RK Gorenje already lost all the chances to qualify for SEHA Final4.“Rdeca dvorana” was on fire in 56th minute when Blaz Klec netted for 28:27 lead of home team, but strong defensive performance in the most decisive moments of the clash and two goals of Vuko Borozan made turnover on the “red-black” side. The 22-years old Montenegrian shooter netted six goals, two less than Timur Dibirov (8), while Arpad Sterbik had 12 saves in total at the end.On the other side, Luka Mitrovic and Nejc Cehte shared title of “TOP scorer” with six goals each.Telekom Veszprem won two matches in 24 hours against RK Metalurg 33:21 and HRK Izvidjac 36:31.STANDINGS: 1.Vardar171421566 : 48344 7.Nexe14338385 : 41212 2.Veszprem171322489 : 43041 10.Izviđač CO151014420 : 5103 RK Vardar Skopjeseha gazprom league 4.PPD Zagreb13913367 : 33128 read more

Oscar Pistorius Blade Runner first amputee to qualify for ablebodied Athletic World

first_imgOscar Pistorius via Oscarpistorius.comRunning is a difficult sport. Running with no legs is even more difficult. Oscar Pistorius, a double amputee, has overcome all odds in the running world by using a pair of Flex Foot Cheetahs manufactured by Össur, an Icelandic orthopedics company. If that wasn’t impressive enough, Pistorius has recently qualified for the World Athletic Championships.Pistorius’ qualification is a first in the history of the sport. The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) initially issued a ban on the use of prosthetics because a series of scientific tests found that he expended less energy than able-bodied athletes because of the prosthetic legs. Pistorius appealed the decision, and was vindicated when the ban was lifted.His use of the Flex Foot Cheetahs has earned him the name “Blade Runner” and the support of many. Last month, he competed in Lignano, Italy in the 400m race. He clocked 45.07 seconds, besting his previous record and qualifying him for the championships.The cut-off for Olympic qualification is 45.25 seconds. He’ll have to run under that time again by January 2012 in order to be selected for the South African Olympic team. If the video below is any indication, the Blade Runner stands a good chance.The decision to overturn the ban is a significant one, but it could raise concerns as to how much technology can and will be allowed in sports, not just running. Perhaps a team of super-fast runners infused with technology will take to the track sometime in the future.More at Oscar Pistorius, via BBClast_img read more

La dengue menace plus de 25 milliards de personnes

first_imgLa dengue menace plus de 2,5 milliards de personnes Au cours des dernières décennies, l’incidence de la dengue a énormément progressé dans le monde entier, pour menacer aujourd’hui quelque de 2,5 milliards de personnes, soit plus de 40% de la population mondiale. Dans un rapport qu’elle vient de publier, l’Organisation mondiale de la santé (OMS) estime que la maladie pourrait toucher chaque année 50 à 100 millions personnes dans le monde.La dengue s’est développée de manière “spectaculaire” depuis les années 1970, alerte l’organisation Mondiale de la Santé (OMS) dans un rapport publié sur son site. Cette maladie qui se transmet par les moustiques sévit dans les régions tropicales et subtropicales du monde entier, et ces dernières années, la transmission a essentiellement progressé dans les zones urbaines et périurbaines. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Alors qu’avant 1970, neuf pays avaient été touchés par des épidémies de dengue sévère, la maladie est aujourd’hui endémique dans plus de 100 pays en Afrique, dans les Amériques, en Méditerranée orientale, en Asie du Sud-Est et dans le Pacifique occidental, indique l’OMS. En France, la transmission locale de la maladie a été signalée pour la première fois en 2010, tandis que des cas importés ont été recensés dans trois autres pays européens. Ce sont quelque 2,5 milliards de personnes, soit plus de 40% de la population mondiale, qui sont à ce jour exposées au risque de contracter la maladie. Et l’organisation estime qu’il pourrait y avoir chaque année 50 à 100 millions de cas dans le monde. Il n’existe aujourd’hui aucun traitement spécifique ni vaccin contre la dengue. “Actuellement, la seule méthode pour prévenir ou combattre la transmission du virus consiste à lutter contre les vecteurs”, souligne l’OMS qui appelle à “contrôler et surveiller activement les vecteurs pour déterminer l’efficacité des interventions de lutte”.Le 25 janvier 2012 à 17:55 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Video Find out who Becky Lynch will be challenging at WrestleMania 35

first_imgFacebook WWE RAW Results – 9/9/19 (Steve Austin moderates, KOTR Semifinal, Women’s Tag Match) WhatsApp Google+ Becky Lynch has made her decision a night earlier.After Triple H stated the Lynch would reveal who she would challenge at WrestleMania on Smackdown Live tomorrow night, Lynch decided to show up on RAW instead and announce she will challenge Ronda Rousey for the RAW Women’s Championship this April.When did Becky Lynch make her decision?After Ronda Rousey defeated Bayley in an Open Challenge to retain the RAW Women’s Championship, Becky Lynch came out to a huge pop. Lynch entered the ring, cut a promo and said she didn’t need to wait until tomorrow night to make her decision.Becky chooses “Ronnie” with the RAW Women’s Championship on the line..@BeckyLynchWWE’s found ya, Ronnie…— TDE Wrestling (@totaldivaseps) January 29, 2019Check out Adam Martin’s Live RAW recap now in progress.#TheMan @BeckyLynchWWE didn’t need to wait too long…She wants #RAW #WomensChampion @RondaRousey at @WrestleMania!— WWE (@WWE) January 29, 2019 Pinterestcenter_img Paul Nemer RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WWE 2K20’s 2K Showcase Mode will showcase the careers of The Four Horsewomen Twitter Ric Flair threatens WWE with legal action over Becky Lynch’s “The Man” gimmick last_img read more

Families hit Black Friday shopping in Vancouver

first_imgWhen it comes to Black Friday shopping, Gina Detlor and Sarah Benson are purists. They refuse to shop on Thanksgiving, even as more retailers roll out doorbuster sales that very evening.“Stay home on Thanksgiving. Play your games. Eat your food. (Then) get to bed,” said Detlor.“Thanksgiving is for family,” added Benson, a Ridgefield resident. “Friday is for shopping.”Black Friday was clearly for the family, too. The two cousins were joined on the predawn shopping spree by five other relatives, trucking half-full carts around Target on Southeast 162nd Avenue and Mill Plain Boulevard. They wore plush reindeer antlers and rocked shirts reading “Black Friday Shopping Team.” Even the car has antlers most years, they said.“A guy at Starbucks recognized us from last year,” said Detlor, who traveled from Snohomish for the holiday and pored over the ads Thursday. Their morning dash already included a stop at Fred Meyer before Target opened.They were among the dozens who flooded into Target for the morning. Doors opened at 6 a.m. to a relatively small line, and the biggest crowds seemed to cluster around the electronics and toy departments.Jill Dutchess, shopping with her daughter Angie Hearn and granddaughter, said Friday seemed quiet compared with years past, but said she saw a lot of family togetherness.last_img read more

Serie A president defends Supercoppa in Arabia

first_imgJuventus and AC Milan will face off on January 16 in the Saudi city of Jeddah, but Amnesty International has condemned the decision.For the 10th time in history, the Italian Supercoppa will be played outside Italy.On January 16th, Juventus and AC Milan will face off in the Saudi Arabian city of Jeddah.But the decision by the Italian Lega Serie A has been met with opposition, especially from Amnesty International, after the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, and the treatment of women.Romelu Lukaku, Inter MilanLukaku backed to beat Ronaldo in Serie A scoring charts Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Former Inter Milan star Andy van der Meyde is confident Romelu Lukaku will outscore Cristiano Ronaldo in this season’s Serie A.“Until last year, women were not allowed to attend any sporting event whatsoever,” Serie A president Gaetano Micciche told ESPN.“A few months on they have access to many sections within a stadium.”“We are working to ensure that the next time we host a tournament there, women will be able to sit wherever they like,” he added.“Women will be allowed to enter the stadium alone and without a chaperone, as had been erroneously reported by those who want to exploit the topic.”last_img read more

Boston College reduces absence with health cash plan offering

first_imgBoston College offers a health cash plan to all of its 450 employees, irrespective of their level of seniority or the number of contracted hours they work. Its health cash plan, provided by Westfield Health, has helped to reduce staff sickness absence rates by 28%; employee absence rates for the entire workforce fell from 4,114 days in 2011 and 2012 to 2,955 days in 2013 and 2014.The plan also enables staff to pay towards health resources they may not otherwise have access to, such as acupuncture and osteopathy, as well as an employee assistance programme (EAP).Tim Millington, human resources manager at Boston College, says: “There is no doubt that there are some additional benefits to PMI compared to a health cash plan.“[But] further education has suffered badly under the austerity measures introduced over the last few years, and we have to recognise people’s financial restrictions at the college.”Millington adds that Boston College’s health cash plan adheres to employees’  needs effectively, and explains that budgetary constraints mean the college cannot offer PMI as well. “We have found the cash plan to be a very well-received employee benefit offering excellent value for money for [employees], and providing great results in staff engagement and staff absence,” he explains.last_img read more

Employee Benefits named PensionsBenefits Publication of the Year 2017

first_imgEmployee Benefits has been named Pensions/Benefits Publication of the Year at the 2017 Willis Towers Watson Media Awards, winning the accolade for the third consecutive year.The annual industry media awards, now in its twelfth year, recognises excellence in business journalism, focusing on HR, pensions, benefits, insurance, reinsurance and risk, mergers and acquisitions, and institutional investment.The winners of the Willis Towers Watson Media Awards were announced yesterday (3 May 2017) during a ceremony at the Willis Towers Watson offices in central London.The Publication of the Year categories are decided by public vote, and the individual journalist categories are determined by an expert judging panel.Nicolas Aubert, head of Willis Towers Watson for Great Britain, said: “In today’s changing business environment, the media has an important role to play in bringing difficult issues to the front of people’s mind and providing analysis and debate. We were highly impressed with the quality, diversity and engaging style of this year’s media award submissions.”last_img read more

61yearold Sunrise man accused of possessing child pornography

first_imgSUNRISE, FLA. (WSVN) – Authorities took a Sunrise man into custody on disturbing charges.Sixty-one-year-old Harrison Wayne Burrus appeared in court, Friday, on charges of possessing and transmitting child pornography.Burrus is being held on $63,500 bond and has been ordered to stay off the internet.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Hijacked Metrobus Kills Pedestrian in DCs Deanwood Area

first_imgA Washington, D.C., Metrobus drops off passengers in Arlington, Virginia. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)On May 2, a Metrobus driver was allegedly stabbed with a pair of pliers by a male as the vehicle was coming to the intersection of Minnesota Avenue and Nannie Helen Burroughs., N.E. The driver managed to get out of the bus and passengers exited the vehicle through the back door, according to published reports.It has been reported that the suspect then drove the Metrobus to a Crown gas station that is located at the intersection and struck a pedestrian. It was later revealed that the pedestrian was killed.Police identified 40-year-old Anthony Payne of Northwest, as the victim. On May 3 Keith Loving, of Northeast, was arrested and charged with Murder Two, according to a statement from the police.D.C. Metropolitan Police Chief Cathy Lanier made a comment that was picked up by numerous media outlets labeling the situation as “a bizarre incident.”Earlier reports of the incident reported that juveniles attacked the Metrobus driver but that version of the story was corrected by Lanier during a press conference.Antawan Holmes, chairman of advisory neighborhood commission 7C in Ward 7, the area where the incident took place, said he learned about the incident not from the media but from District government officials.“I received an email from the mayor’s office in the form of an alert while I was at work,” Holmes told the {AFRO}. “I don’t have a clear picture of what went on there.”Holmes said that the incident raises larger concerns. Two teens have been killed at the Deanwood Metro Station within the past two months and Holmes can’t help but to think that this incident increases concerns about safety in the far Northeast section of Washington.“Let me say that the Metrobus incident doesn’t reflect what goes on in Deanwood,” he said. “It seems a lot of incidents happen around the edges of the city and I wonder if we are getting publicity for things that are happening here that may also take place in Georgetown or Anacostia.”The Federal Transit Administration released a report on June 17, 2015, stating that Metrobus drivers were assaulted by passengers 175 times. The assaults ranged from arguments with drivers over refusing to pay fare to criminal activity.As a result of the report, some Metrobuses have cameras and shields installed to protect the drivers.David Smith, president of the Deanwood Citizens Association, agreed with Holmes that the Metrobus incident isn’t a reflection of Deanwood but argued that it is a result of unfair public policy.“These types of incidents take place when poor people are being pushed to the vulnerable sections of the city,” Smith told the {AFRO}. He said he didn’t know the specifics of the case, but he understands that some District residents will have a wary eye on Deanwood and that’s not fair.“The two teens that were killed [at the Metro Station] weren’t from Deanwood,” he said. “One was from Maryland and the other lives in Kenilworth and yet Deanwood is blamed.”Smith said that Metrobus-like incidents won’t take place if District leaders would invest in the section economically and work to improve the schools and help young people get along in life.last_img read more

How to make your staycation feel like a real getaway

first_imgEven if you’re staying at home this festive season, you can make your “staycation” feel like a real holiday.The bad news is that some ground rules will have to be set. The good news is that the family will relax as if you’re all lying on the beach and getting a good tan.Consider implementing all or some of the following:No smart phoneNo emailNo computer, video games or internetNo last-minute working at homeNo worrying about anythingNo fightingNo cooking, or minimal cookingNo cleaningNo laundryNo independent plans, it’s family time!Some sound harsh, but take into consideration what you won’t normally put up with while you’re on holiday. Things like serious cleaning or laundry can be done once your vacation is officially over. Allow a day or two between your holiday and the day you start work again to get the chores out of the way and start the new year afresh.Plan your funSet a start day and finish day for your staycation, just like you’ll have with a getaway. Make a calendar and decide what you’re willing to spend for the duration of your time off. Set money aside for activities, takeout or a splurge or two. Consider treating yourself to some domestic help to clean up once the holiday is over. Hold a family meeting and hear what everyone wants to do to relax, and plan the calendar accordingly.Consider spending time preparing your home and kitchen to make things as easy — and neat — as possible for your relaxation period. Gather takeout menus or plan a freezer cooking session ahead of time. Using disposable dishes and cups will help cut down on cleaning afterwards.Clean the house as a family before the staycation officially starts.Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite last_img read more